''Duck Cove - Wickford'', bridge over Duck Cove, Wickford, Rhode Island, circa 1913-1914, signed lower right: Guy Rose, titled verso, oil on canvas, 21'' H x 24'' W, est: $100,000/150,000 Note: Guy Rose's mature, fully impressionistic style developed during his nearly thirteen years abroad, the last eight spent living and working in Giverny, is celebrated in the painting ''Duck Cove ? Wickford'' (W. South, ''Guy Rose: American Impressionist'', Oakland, CA, 1995, p. 59). The painting was likely executed during a brief period in 1913 or 1914 when Guy and Ethel Rose summered in Rhode Island, where Rose taught an outdoor sketching class at Narragansett Pier in an area south of Wickford. ''Duck Cove ? Wickford'' captures a sweeping view of waterways and land that encompass the Duck Cove salt marsh in a bold palette of blues and chartreuse balanced by more muted brown, grey and blue tones in the foreground and sky. Ribbons of water traverse the irregularly shaped marsh flowing toward Wickford Harbor and Narragansett Bay as foreground sand and rocks yield to lush green grasses along the channels' edges. The day is sunny with a light layer of clouds adding a play of pattern against blue sky. Dominating and contrasting the otherwise completely naturalistic environment is a spindly wooden bridge crossing a narrow strait. Rose's brief time in New England came after he and Ethel left France in 1912 and before they returned permanently to California in autumn 1914. During this short period when the couple spent part of each year in New York and the Wickford area of Rhode Island, Rose exhibited regularly including a notable 1913 show at Macbeth Gallery. The few documented identifiably Rhode Island subjects the artist produced, including this painting, reveal the full commitment to and synthesis of French Impressionism presented in fresh American subject matter that Rose would continue to explore in California. Inscribed by Jessie Yarnell Kimball to her son Curtis Yarnell Kimball verso: Curtis Y. Kimball / on his 8th birthday / from his mother. Provenance: The artist; Stendhal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Jessie Yarnell Kimball, Los Angeles, CA; Curtis Yarnell Kimball, Marian Kimball and Cecilia Wictor, Los Angeles, CA
Visual: Generally good condition. Very minor stretcher bar crease along the left edge. Artist's pinholes in the four corners. Blacklight: No evidence of touch-up under blacklight.